Previously-arrested illegal alien steals car, kills dog, lives in hotel room paid for Health & Human Services.
Police arrested a man Thursday in connection with a car theft that resulted in the death of Kona, a Great Dane-Lab mix, this week.
Francisco Vincent Gonzalez, 34, had a dog with him when he was arrested around 5:45 p.m. at the Super Value Inn Motel on N Interstate Avenue, police said.
Bill Robbins, Kona’s owner, says police told him Gonzalez is in the U.S. illegally.
“I can’t even believe he had a dog after the way he would treat mine,” Robbins told KOIN 6 News. “I’m glad he was caught… but I’d still rather have my dog back.”
Gonzalez is charged with unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, 2 counts of first-degree theft, aggravated animal abuse and possession of methamphetamine. He reportedly had a meth pipe when he was arrested.
Under Oregon law, a person can be charged with aggravated animal abuse if they maliciously kill or torture an animal. The theft of a pet is a Class-C felony in Oregon.